Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
If the conscious mind—the part you consider you—accounts for only a tiny fraction of the brain’s function, what is all the rest doing? This is the question that David Eagleman—renowned neuroscientist and acclaimed author of Sum—answers in a book as accessible and entertaining as it is deeply informed by startling, up-to-the-minute research.
Our behavior, thoughts, and expe
Let me move on to the more interesting stuff. This book is deceptive. Eagleman uses a "slight of hand" writing style. Just as he describes how magic tricks deceive the brain, Eagleman uses this entertaining little book to advocate for a social and justice system that disregards civil rights.
How does he do this? He strings ...more
Though I give the book four stars and have already recommended it to more people than any book I've ever read, I would strongly disagree with the first reviewer that the book is an "engaging romp" or "fun".
The book is, and should be, profoundly unsettling, though for reasons which make it all the more important to con ...more
Incognito is a wide-ranging and entertaining look at the development of our thinking about thinking, and the current state of brain-science. He covers
• how and why we have practically no conscious knowledge of what’s going on in the incredibly complex machinery of our brains, and why the “chief executive” (ou ...more
And I listened to this as a talking book - and the author reads the book. This, too, is generally a mistake. But he did a reasonable job even here, although, to be honest, I think he would have been better served with a professio ...more
Incognito is an engaging and eye-opening romp through fundamental questions related to human consciousness, perception, and free will, as seen through the lens of neuroscientific resea ...more
Some of the things I thought were especially interesting ...more
As someone who's very interested in neurology this book does have it's good moments, but they're largely eclipsed by a bunch of dumbing down.
I don't blame Eagleman, I know it's people in the publishing industry who probably pushed this book to be like this. Following is my reaction to each element I found annoying. There's a summary at the end.
Dumbing it down: Too much repetition and unnecessary metaphors. I do not kn ...more
Incognito is probably the best work of nonfiction that I have read this year (2011), and it is also one of the best books on neuroscience that I have read in quite some time. Some of the material here has been presented elsewhere (if you have read works on neuroscience or consciousness by scientists and philosophers like Antonio Damasio, V. S. Ramachandran, Joseph ...more
بالرغم من ان هذه الفكرة موجودة في كتب أخرى، لكن الكتاب بكامله يتمحور حول ذلك.
من الامثلة المذكورة
كيف يتحول مرضى بارنكنسون الذين يتعالجون بالأدوية إلى مدمنين على المقامرة
كيف يتسبب ورم صغير بالدماغ إلى تحويل الشخص إلى مجرم، أو حتى تغيير رغبته الجنسية وتحويله إلى متحرش بالأطفال
وهنا يخرج المؤلف بنتيجة مرعبة
وهي أننا لسنا مسؤلين عن الغالبية العظمى من من سلوكنا
وانما هي بسبب دماغنا، الذي جاءنا بالوراثة
وهنا يطرح قضية خطيرة في النهاية ...more
I particularly like what Eagleman has to say about the enteric nervous system and it's importance as an example of running as a human system that is not regulat ...more
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
و هو رحلةٌ حقيقيةٌ مليئةٌ بالتشويق و الإثارة يسبر فيها الكاتب أغوار الدماغ و يتجول بين جنبات و ثنايا المخ و يغوص في بحر أسراره المدهشة.
يقرر الكاتب في أول صفحة من الكتاب أن مخ الإنسان - الذي لا يتجاوز وزنه الكيلو و النصف- يعد أعقد و أعجب و أغرب كيان تم اكتشافه في الكون، و يبرر الكاتب هذا الوصف بما في المخ من بناء متراكب معقد يتألف من ملايين ملايين الخلايا و العقد و الروابط العصبية.
و بعد عرض مختصر ل ...more
The second downfall is that the author isn't half the writer that Mal ...more
El autor nos da muchos ejemplos en los que la gente no actúa como debería, cómo los medicamentos, los casos de enfermedades en el cerebro o el c ...more
What I'd like to note right now is: this is another book I highly recommend to scientists and laymen alike. If you've ever struggled with questions such as "Telepathy? What do you mean, reading my mind? Am I supposed to have only one of them?" or "So who is the real me? The one who passionately believes in ahimsa and no ...more
"Incognito" is a fascinating look into our brain and the secrets that it reveals. It's a wonderful book that covers recent findings of mainly the unconscious processes of our brains. Neuroscientist and best-selling author, David Eagleman takes the reader on a journey of discovery of our brains; an enjoyable and enlightening ride that makes the young field of neuroscience fun and informative. This instructive 304-page book is composed of ...more
Incognito states this concept more elegantly, "Your consciousness is like a tiny stowaway on a transatlantic steamship, taking credit for the journey without acknowledging the massive e ...more
1. Why does your foot hit the break pedal before you are conscious of danger ahead?
2. Why do you hear your name in a conversation that you didn’t think you were listening to?
3. Why is a person whose name begins with J more likely to marry another person whose name begins with J?
4. Why is it so difficult to keep a secret?
5. How is it possible to get angry at yourself: who, exactly is mad at whom?
6. Are some marriage partners more likely to ch ...more
I soon discovered I just didn't like the style of writing, the way in which the subject was explained, skim-read looking for something really good to catch my interest, found very little, and sailed through to the end of the book at page 254.
What did interest me though were ...more
I feel there is a lot of basic psychology information in this book, but none of it I was familiar with. I was able to read and understand every page of this book, and I even had moments of goosebumps and laughter when it brought certain things to my attention that I thought about but could never really ponder it. This explai ...more
Is there something embedded in my genes that determined I would not only enjoy the act of reading books, but be tremendously curious how about my brain works as well? What aspects of my childhood environment played a subtle part in shaping my introspective being, leading me to ponder what it means to have a consciousness? How much of the act of typing these letters is under my conscious control, and are there parts of my ...more
More on those later. The book runs the gambit of freshman-level psychology with the Freud, the subconscious, chicken sexing (not as dirty as it sounds), priming, synesthesia, etc. It introduces a theory of mind based on a team of rivals, which is pretty neat.
The author puts in his two cents on the justice system. He calls for less emphasis on modifiability rather ...more
I found, though, that the chapter on culpability in relation to crime rubbed me the wrong way, somehow. He built his theories up to the point where it seemed as though he wanted to take any responsibility for anything we do away from us, attibuting every bad action to neurological ...more